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Robert Mandan Star Of Sitcom ‘Soap” Dead At Age 86

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He was wonderfully funny as the womanizing Chester Tate on the ABC sitcom spoof, Soap, from 1977-1981, and had appeared in various daytime drama throughout his career. But sad news to report, Robert Mandan who played Chester for all he is worth and then some, passed away at age 86.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Mandan actually died back on April 29th in Los Angeles after a long illness.  Mandan’s friend, playwright and screenwriter Gary Goldstein informed the entertainment news outlet.

Mandan had also appeared on soap operas such as: Days of our Lives, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, The Edge of NightFrom These Roots, Search for Tomorrow, and The Doctors.

Susan Harris, who created the critically-acclaimed comedy series, Soap, came up with such a fun and contentious relationship between Mandan and his on-screen wife played by Katherine Helmond that kept audiences in stitches, but also had some emotional weight to it.

Robert also appeared in many top sitcoms of the day in guest star roles including: All in the Family, Maude,  Sanford and Son, and Barney Miller to name but a few.

The actor is survived by his wife, Sherry.

Sad to hear of the passing of Robert Mandan?  Do you remember him a the conniving Chester on Soap? Share your thoughts and condolences in the comment section below.

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Sad, sad news. Rest In Peace. Amen.

Jimh
Jimh

Sad news for sure…

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Llanviewer717

I am terribly sorry to hear this. I enjoyed him in so many programs over the years. Thank you Mr. Mandan for years of wonderful entertainment. Rest in peace.

Christmas Carol
Christmas Carol

So very sad to hear this I always liked the guy.May you rest in peace.I did see him in soap I never knew that he could be so funny.I have seen him also on Threes a Crowd.My condolences to his family.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

OMG, not another veteran? Shouldn’t be a surprise , as I am R.M age myself. I used to just love this man, thinking he was the handsomest man on two feet. Loved him better on the soaps, than his nighttime work.

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Jussie Smollett Scenes Cut From ‘Empire’ In Light Of Attack Investigation

As of Tuesday, the production of Fox’s hit series, Empire has slashed Jussie Smollett’s upcoming scenes following reports that the suspicion is now on him for allegedly staging the “hate” attack he reported to the Chicago PD back on January 29th.

According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

What are your thoughts on the latest developments in the Smollett case and Empire reducing his appearances for the remainder of the season? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

So, will you be checking out Melody on today’s episode of The Talk (2PMEST and 1PM PST) today? Comment below.

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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

This win for GH marks the fifth win in a row for the ABC series, which make its a record-breaker for the Daytime Drama category at the WGA Awards.

For a complete list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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